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Address: Mr. Visserplein 3, 1011 RD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Beautiful old synagogue

Definitely worth checking out, there are beautiful displays in the adjacent winter synagogue, as well as the Jewish museum across the street

Reviewed 4 days ago
New York Mills, Minnesota
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New York Mills, Minnesota
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Definitely worth checking out, there are beautiful displays in the adjacent winter synagogue, as well as the Jewish museum across the street

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Synagogue with a guide we had hired for the day to learn about the Jewish experience in Amsterdam so we didn't get the audio tape. The story of the Portuguese Jews in Amsterdam is so different from the plight of Jews in other parts of Europe that it is well worth learning. This synagogue is huge and... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the synagogue as part of the package you get (15 euro for here, the museum, Holocaust museum and memorial). We had to visit the synagogue a couple of days after the museum as it was closed for Pesach. I anticipated a 20 minute visit as I thought there would be limited things to see. We were there... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was flabbergasted when entering, first it felt like entering a maze and then when entering, ohhh: breathtaking! This great building, you can feel the history,almost tasted what happened there. This building is good preserved. I was very moved when I sat down and listened to the guide,telling the story. Afterwards I went outside sat on a bench and cried.... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam is a real must-see. The building and architecture are beautiful and visitors get go inside the synagogue, as well as peer into the kitchens, mikvah, and mourning room, among other things. This place has a lot of "soul" and you can feel its history as you walk through it.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an unplanned and unexpectedly enjoyable visit during our recent stay. The synagogue and the history behind it are very interesting and we were pleased we found the time to do this aspect of Amsterdam

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Orange County, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family and I were deeply moved by the beauty and sad history of this synagogue. It is tucked away inside a building, but once you enter it is BREATHTAKING. I would highly recommend it since the Jews in the city shaped a lot of A'dam history.

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Leawood, Kansas
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Superb synagogue from the 17th century. To stand in this great sanctuary was an amazing experience. The architecture is wonderful, and it is amazing that this was saved from destruction during World War 2. Since my family prayed here during the 1600's, it was especially meaningful. There is an impressive museum on the synagogue grounds.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interestingly, when built in 1675, it was the largest Synagogue in the world. This is a functioning Synagogue which still has no electricity and heating ~ 1000 candles are used. I've read that the floorboards are the original ones and that the library c 1616 is the oldest functioning Jewish library in the world. It is a lovely looking site.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visiting this remarkable piece of Amsterdam's Jewish history was quite worthwhile and highly recommended.

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